Florence prison escape triggers new security measures in Arizona

After two inmates evaded authorities for 5 days in January, the state has applied new security measures at Arizona’s prisons to higher stop one other escape.

PHOENIX — Editor’s Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast in January. 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry introduced Friday new security measures it was implementing to higher stop inmates from escaping the state’s prisons. 

After two inmates escaped from a Florence prison in January, the state reviewed its protocols and got here up with some modifications it is aiming to make at its 10 public services.  

The new measures embrace putting in further fencing and detection methods, the implementation of enhanced storage system necessities, and annual inspections from the Inspector General.  

The modifications come practically a year after two inmates from a medium-security unit in Florence escaped by utilizing instruments to chop by means of fencing. 

John B. Charpiot and David T. Harmon broke out of prison on Jan. 23 and had been apprehended 5 days later in a cotton subject close to Coolidge. The inmates had been every serving prolonged prison sentences for crimes that included kidnapping, housebreaking and sexual assault prices.  

The inmates had been caught shortly after having an altercation with the Alvarez household in Coolidge. Two members of that household died in August after a gasoline line exploded close to the household’s farmhouse. 

Charpiot and Harmon are presently in the custody of ADCRR.

“Public safety is always our top priority,” mentioned ADCRR Director David Shinn. “In order to safeguard against such an event happening in the future, we immediately began a wide-ranging, in-depth review and investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape and we have implemented several system-wide changes going forward.”  

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